Why are we worried about lead?
Protection of children primarily
Most buildings are open to the public,
i.e. “Public Buildings”
Workers could take dust home on their
clothes, creating exposure to family
Protection of workers/occupants
Workers and occupants could get
exposed via inhalation/ingestion of lead
Lead can be found:
Paints and coatings up until 1980. Industrial
paints still contain lead in high levels.
Imported medicines and cosmetics
Children, Pregnant women & developing
fetuses most at risk of harm from exposure
Lead is readily absorbed and distributed.
Collects in the brain, bones, teeth and organ
Lead overexposure can lead to damage to:
Additional Effects on Children
Behavior and learning problems
Children more at risk of lead poisoning
Nervous system sensitivity
Pica: putting toys, hands, etc. into
Lead exposure routes
Hand to mouth contact with lead-
Inhalation of dust and fumes
Checked via blood test
>10 microg/dl - elevated
>20 microg/dl - lead burdened
> 40 microg/dl - elevated
Activities related to disturbance of lead are
Department of Health Services (DOHS):
Housing and Public buildings
For operations involving lead at 0.5% content
Federal and Cal-OSHA: Worker Safety
Operations that involve lead in any detectible amount
Federal and Cal-EPA: Hazardous waste
For waste containing lead equal to or above 1000 ppm
What is being done to prevent lead
exposure to employees?
All surfaces and materials to be
disturbed are sampled and analyzed
for lead content.
Lead-containing materials are
handled by certified employees and
The campus drinking water is
regularly tested for lead.
Proper work techniques
Prevention of exposure to University
EH&S reviews all repair/remodeling plans
EH&S determines if work can be
completed in-house or if an outside
contractor is required.
Facilities Management Project Managers
are provided with training
In-house lead disturbance
Must be reviewed with Office of
EH&S to develop work plan, ensure
worker and occupant safety and
collect worker exposure sampling.
Building Materials must NOT be
disturbed without authorization